The American Cancer Society estimates that this year over 235,000 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed, and approximately 131,000 people will die from it, making it the leading cause of all cancer deaths in the United States. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and Dr. Timothy Larson with Minnesota Oncology says:

“The most important thing is to quit smoking if you smoke, that is without a doubt the biggest intervention, you can see benefits in reduced deaths as early as five years after quitting.”

And Dr. Larson says that while lung cancer is a very deadly disease, at-risk people have a greater chance of increasing their survival rate by getting a low-dose CT scan (LDCT) before symptoms begin.